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MEDIEVAL KNIGHT Great Warrior Silver Coin 1$ Tuvalu 2010


The Great Warriors four-coin series continues with a stunning release portraying a Medieval Knight. In medieval Europe, the knight was both a wealthy, gentleman soldier and a fearsome infantry weapon. The knight was supposed to abide by the code of chivalry - moral and Christian principles, including valor, honesty, loyalty, virtue and gallantry towards women.

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Knights believed that fighting for Christendom was the most honorable form of warfare, and consequently, they participated in all of the Crusades and the defense of the Holy Land against the infidel.
Knights were not just nobility, they were the heavy infantry of their day, and almost always fought on horseback. As such a mounted knight comprised a unique and powerful weapons system, not unlike a tank in modern warfare. In many Indo-European languages, variants of "cavalier" or "rider" make this link more obvious (e.g. French chevalier and German Ritter), suggesting a connection to the knight's mode of transport. Since antiquity a position of honor and prestige has been held by mounted warriors such as the Greek hippeus and the Roman eques, and knighthood in the Middle Ages was inextricably linked with horsemanship. A mounted troop of knights, heavily armed and armored, could easily devastate a group of non-mounted infantry. Not the least of their weapons were their horses themselves, with which a formation of knights could trample a group of men-at-arms on foot.
There were a number of different types of armor that a knight could wear, including chain mail, but the best-equipped knights wore the culmination of armor development - a full suit of plate armor. It is in such guise that our modern concepts of the knight take form.

All coins in the series Great Warrior:

  • Roman Legionary
  • Viking Norseman
  • Medieval Knight
  • Japanese Samurai
  • CountryTuvalu
  • Year2010
  • Face Value1 Dollar
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40.6
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)5.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
The design shows a full color portrait of a Medieval Knight, heavily armored and armed with a mace and two swords. To the right are heraldic devices, including two griffins rampants. The legend reads KNIGHT.
Issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu, the coin depicts the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the 2010 year-date on the obverse.